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NZ Olympic Winter Games

We used Artisan Catering for our recent NZ Olympic Winter Team dinner in Queenstown during the Winter Games NZ.

As event manager for the New Zealand Olympic Committee I have been in charge of and attended many of these types of events, but have never before experienced the standard of catering that Artisan provided. The whole menu was skillfully put together and executed incredibly well. The quality of each course was better than I would expect at a fine dining restaurant, let alone catering for 200 people. Every course was a highlight, but special mention must go to the dessert, which several people at my table would have done almost anything to get seconds of! The wait staff were very professional, the food was a real highlight of the evening.redibly well. The quality of each course was better than I would expect at a fine dining restaurant, let alone catering for 200 people. Every course was a highlight, but special mention must go to the dessert, which several people at my table would have done almost anything to get seconds of! The wait staff were very professional, and the food was a real highlight of the evening.

Thank you for your amazing contribution to our event.

Kind regards


Peregrine Winery

Hi Debbie & John,

We can't speak highly enough of Artisan Catering. Debbie and John were a dream to work with, always thinking ahead and putting us at ease. The food, service and attention to detail was immaculate. Guests are still raving about the salmon, cod, lamb and tiramisu! Even more impressive was Debbie and John's dedication to what made sense for us and commitment to making sure everything went smoothly on the day. We felt we could trust them completely."


Trav & Julia

Peregrine winery

Hi Guys,

We just want to say a huge thanks to you both! Everyone loved the food and I couldn't stop them complimenting you guys even if I had wanted to! I especially appreciate the GF options - all the staff were excellent and knew who to bring the special canapés too! So seamless and slick!

We can't say thanks enough! You really helped the evening be a huge success!


Liam and Natalie

Canyons Lodge

Quite simply, you must use Artisan for any event you are having in Queenstown!

No we are not on the payroll, we are just an absolutely, 100% satisfied couple who were lucky enough to have John and Debbie cater our Civil Union in January.

Without complaint Debbie went over and above the requirements of a caterer and went out of her way to make our day a success. Debbie and her staff attentive without being obtrusive, patient without being rude, professional but relaxed and just a joy to have around is how I would describe each and every one of their team.

And the food – WOW!!! The flavours and combinations, the presentation, the attention to detail and the pride in the food John prepares is OUTSTANDING! And that Pimm’s, what’s the secret, it was the best I have ever tasted?!

All of our guests raved about the food and the attentiveness of the staff. Artisan couldn’t be faulted by them or us. We have been, and will continue to, recommend Artisan Catering for any event requiring professionalism, personality and great food and booze.

Thank you so so much guys, you killed it!!!

Jules and Jen, Sydney

Canyons Lodge

Hi Debbie & John,

We’re just emailing to say a very, very big thank you for everything you put together for us on our wedding day back in December.
The food was just AMAZING! We have heard so many good things from our guests about the canapés and dinner service.
We are so so happy to have had Artisan as part of our wedding.

With sincere thanks

Sam & Zoe Garmonsway

Mt Soho Winery

Hi Debbie and John

Our sincere thanks to you both for coordinating such a high calibre function on the 30th for our daughters wedding.

We all felt it could not have been better. The perfect setup of the rooms, the amazing food presentation and the very professional staff all contributed to a wonderful night that everyone enjoyed.

Kind regards,

Jan Siddall

Bendemeer - Mount Farm Ventures Ltd

Hi Deb, John & Team

I cannot thank you all enough for delivering a truly exceptional event last night. Everything was faultless from the service, staff to the food. I have had emails and phone calls flowing in this morning thanking us for the event but mostly commenting on the incredible food. It would not have been a success without your involvement, so thank you so much!!

Sarah Cairns

Mt Soho Winery

John, Debbie and the rest of your team,

We want to thank you for helping to make our wedding day truly wonderful. The evening went flawlessly; the food was amazing and the service absolutely superb. Your attention to detail was outstanding - not a glass was empty nor a candle out for more than a few seconds.

You put us at ease right from the start and made planning a wedding from overseas seems easy. Thank you for your guidance and extra help along the way, your service went over and above what we expected.

Our guests continue to rave about the canapés! We loved the table drop buffet which was excellent and such a fun, sociable way to dine. The desserts were beautiful and delicious.

John & Debbie, thank you again. You guys are amazing, we’d recommend you in a heartbeat. We only hope we can come back to Queenstown someday soon for an unforgettable anniversary dinner!

Thank you!

Matthew & Chloe Porter

Peregrine winery

We strongly recommend Artisan Catering, Debbie was very professional, organised, and helpful. From first meeting her, we knew that our wedding arrangements were in extremely capable hands, and they were. John’s food was beautifully presented and tasted wonderful. Their wait staff were quietly helpful and professional. We had so many comments from our guests about the very high quality of the food and the service provided. We could not have been happier!

Thank you,

Karen & Paul

Mt Soho Winery

Dear Debbie, John and staff

Thank you so much for a top notch job!! The food and the service was extremely top quality and we had so many fantastic comments about it all. You made it a great success and I was so relaxed as it was just easy to correspond with you and let you do such an amazing job.
I will, and have recommended you all my friends and they will too!!

Many thanks and best wishes,

Kathryn and Richard Davison

C I Events

Dear John and Debbie,

I wish to express my sincerest appreciation for the excellent catering service to the LBB Awards Event held at Mount Soho on the weekend.

The food was creative, exceptionally presented and delicious. Providing this level of presentation to 140 diners within tight time frames is a credit to you and your team. The feedback received from attendees in regards to the food has been overwhelmingly positive.

Debbie, your dedication on the night to ensuring that the service provided by your team was faultless did not go un-seen. All of your staff were engaging and professional.

I am delighted that we selected Artisan Catering to cater for this important event and will not hesitate to recommend you to the CIEvents network.

I look forward to working together with you and your team on future events.

Yours sincerely,

Deanne Kelly, Executive Event Producer

Mt Soho Winery, Arrowtown

John and Debbie catered for our mid-winter wedding at Mount Soho, for which we had 134 guests. They managed with ease and their service was absolutely flawless.

Since the wedding we have had endless feedback about the catering, many guests saying the canapes were the best they have ever tasted (especially the "lamb lollipops" which we would thoroughly recommend) and everyone has commented on the politeness and helpfulnes of the Artisan staff throughout the evening.

Debbie and John were so incredibly helpful from the very outset - Debbie specialised in all the finer details such as the table layout and anything to do with the flow of the evening, while John developed a completely tailored 3-course menu in response to our "brief". We wanted something wintery but not too heavy, so John came up with a beautiful roasted pumpkin and thyme soup, followed by a choice of beef fillet mignon or crispy skinned snapper (both absolutely stunning). The dessert was actually a favourite pudding recipe of ours which John adapted to become individual desserts.

No request was too difficult for Debbie and John - they carried out everything exactly as we had requested, resulting in an evening way beyond our expectations. We would recommend Artisan without hesitation, they were a pleasure to deal with and their food was absolutley devine. Thank you Debbie and John for a fantastic evening we will never forget.

Annabel & Sam

Rippon Winery, Wanaka

Debbie, John and the Artisan Catering team, you provided us and our guests with food and service that everyone is still raving about. The menu you created was incredible, really beautifully showed off the local wonderful food. The next day, the effort you went to, all just awesome!! Thank you all so much!

Ann & Darryl

Bel Lago Villa, Queenstown

Every aspect of John and Debbie’s service was nothing short of outstanding. They are both the most polite, obliging, charming, friendly, professional, capable and accommodating couple. We were absolutely wrapped we had the pleasure of their outstanding service to make our wedding evening so relaxing and enjoyable.
They were completely flexible with our menu request and made some delicious suggestions where we didn’t know exactly what we wanted. On the day, John arrived right on time, made himself completely at home and quietly went about putting together the freshest, most delicious canapés while we were all busy buzzing around getting ready for our ceremony. In the whirlwind of the ceremony, off for photos afterward etc, we didn’t leave them any instructions as to how we wanted the dining decorations etc set up, we (unintentionally!) just left them in the house! But we arrived home 1.5 hours later to a stunning dining table set with candles and decorated with the brides trinkets. Gorgeous! 
The food was truly a delight, service was prompt, John was working away so quietly just meters from us while Debbie ensured we were all kept comfortable and always seemed to be right there when your glass was nearly empty. Their service and food were both impeccable and John and Debbie are such a gorgeous couple we were happy if they had chosen to sit and have dessert and a wine with us! At the end of the night, they packed up quietly, left us with a clean kitchen, and wonderful, warm memories of our wedding night. We couldn’t possibly have wished for any better. Absolutely 5 star rating from us!

Thanks again.

Stace & Nick Schiller

Park St, Queenstown

Thank you for a superb job, catering for 130 guests in our home. So many of our guests commented how wonderful the food was, the walk n fork was a fantastic option. We all loved the way you zipped around in such a professional manner and you all looked fantastic as well. We would definitely use Artisan Catering for any further events!


Joce & Philip Sanford

Brunswick Apartments, Queenstown

Debbie and John of Artisan Catering did a fantastic job for us catering for our pre-wedding get together for family and friends. We had so many people say how much they enjoyed the evening and loved the food. John also made our wedding cake, a very delicious chocolate and raspberry gateau, an elegant cake which looked and tasted absolutely stunning!

Kindest Regards

Judy and Tim Doyle

Lake Hayes, Queenstown

Thank you Artisan Catering for the delicious food you created for our wedding, your service was impeccable and came through with all our tricky requests without fault. You have friendly, positive and professional staff which we admired. Thanks for everything, we couldn’t have done it without you!

Anna and James

San Francisco, California

Thank you John and Debbie for such a fantastic evening! You really are to be commended on the way it all flowed so well, to feed 150 people and serve so professionally with absolutely no hassle. Everyone raved about your food and the wonderful and friendly service, you are both great to work with and we would most definitely recommend you for any event.

The Stevens

Lake Hayes Pavillion, Queenstown

Thank you John and Debbie and your team! Your food and service was absoluetly amazing, our guests at our wedding are still talking about how fantastic it all was!! I would not hesitate for one minute in recommending Artisan to cater for any event. Words can't even descibe how great it all was! The Pork Belly dish was definately a favourite!! Take care and thanks again.

Karinne & Richard